Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to come clean on the serious allegations leveled against him by the party leader Sucha Singh Chhotepur that he scornfully denigrated Sikh religion and even asked him (Chhotepur) as how did it matter if he was excommunicated by the Akal Takht.Capt Amarinder also sought a probe by the Union government into the alleged CIA funding of the NGO Parivartan that Kejriwal ran, while in service, along with Manish Sisodia, who is now his Deputy Chief Minister in Delhi.
The PCC president reminded Kejriwal that quite contrary to the high moral ground he was taking today, he was forced to repay Rs 9.2 lakh by his Income Tax Department, which he had cheated it off.“Didn’t you repay this money under pressure after eight years, during the peak of the Anna movement just to show yourself to be clean as you claimed to be leading an anti-corruption movement while you had cheated your department of Rs 9.2 lakh?,” he asked Kejriwal.
He questioned Kejriwal’s double standards by pointing out, while he did not even react to the revelations made by the AAP National Council member Pavitar Singh that Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak demanded Rs 50 lakh from him to allot Phillaur assembly ticket to his wife, he took no time to malign Chhotepur just because he had accepted donation from a party volunteer.
“Why not apply same yardstick on Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak who have been accused on record by one of your own founding members of seeking bribe?,” he asked Kejriwal, while adding, “Or is it simply because you apply one set of rules on the Punjabi leaders and another on non-Punjabis like Singh and Pathak as also they are earning money for you.”
The former Chief Minister said that he had conclusive evidence that the non-Punjabi leaders like Singh and Pathak were using scornful and derogatory language against the Sikh leaders and even making fun of their religious symbols, like saying that the Sikhs have their brains in their beards.
Jagbir Brar appointed member of Congress Manifesto Committee
Amidst speculations of Congress leader Jagbir Singh Brar switching loyalties to SAD, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday appointed Brar as a member of Manifesto Committee. Capt Amarinder appointed MLA and Deputy CLP leader Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA and PPCC vice president O P Soni and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, PPCC vice president Gurpreet Singh Kangar and District Congress Committee (DCC) Jalandhar Rural president Jagbir Singh Brar as members of the Manifesto Committee.
The move holds significance, after Daily Post first reported in these columns that Brar was likely to join SAD. Brar’s likely move to switch loyalty spread like wildfire, leading to a political storm in Punjab politics. However, the appointment of Brar in the manifesto committee is being seen as an attempt to bridge the gap.Though Brar strongly denied any such development, but it brought both Congress and the SAD on their toes.
Meanwhile, speaking to Daily Post, Jagbir Singh Brar said that his appointment to the Manifesto Committee was a positive and a welcome move and he was grateful to the party high command for bestowing the responsibility upon his shoulders.
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